“You didn’t always take me where I wanted to go.”
“No, but I always took you where you needed to go.” – The Doctor’s Wife, Neil Gaiman
As the end of the year approaches, I’m truly grateful for all the adventures I’ve had this year and all the people who I’ve met along the way.
+ Traveling. This year I traveled the east coast from West Virginia to Florida. Not all at once, of course, but that’s the scope of mileage I’ve put in this year. I attended five fan conventions this year, multiple concerts, book signings, and hit the road to hang out with Whovians far and wide. From universities to Hogwarts, I’ve seen it all this year.
+ Becoming a source. At my day job, I’m a regular Girl Friday, interviewing contacts, writing copy, and managing deadlines. Cosplay is what I do for fun. 2013 was the year that I was sought out for my expertise and opinion. Dear Anyone Who Asked Me To Do Anything This Year, I am seriously honored. Thank you for asking me to be a part of your convention or projects. I was a panelist at three conventions [Con Nooga, TimeGate, Hurricane Who], was honored to be a part of Night at the Museum for the third year in a row, started blogging for Earth Station One, and joined the the awesome Whovians over at The Oncoming Storm podcast.
Myself and the husband were also featured in a Life feature over at our local paper. I was happy to set the record straight on what cosplay is — I’m side-eyeing you, Heroes of Cosplay.
+ Saying thank you. It’s a simple gesture. But I got to tell two authors I greatly respect and who have changed my life for the better thank you this year. One was Neil Gaiman. The other was Peter S. Beagle. Both moments were beautiful and I’ll remember them as long as I live. Especially that one time I shared a link to my blog and Mr. Gaiman liked my words — instead of it being the other way round.
+ Letting my hair do whatever it wants. I started the year with a crazy shaved undercut a la Miley Cryus [minus drama, teddy bears, and wrecking balls] and am ending the year with a shaggy bob peppered with greys and my honest-to-God natural hair color. That’s new. Silly faces remain a thing. God only knows what I’ll do with it next year.
+ RSVP. You ladies rule my world.